The American population is aging, and as it does, scientists are looking for ways to keep it healthy. Here are 4 research-based tips for living a healthy old age.
- Go Mediterranean. If you want to live longer and protect yourself against age-related diseases, you should cut down on processed foods, and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes plant-based foods, healthy oils such as olive oil, and the choice of fish and poultry over red meat, has been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
- Take a hike. Or at least a walk. Research shows that getting thirty minutes of exercise a day provides health benefits such as weight control, bone and muscle strength, healthier sleep, and better mood. Regular exercise is also associated with lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Is thirty minutes too long? Break it up! Just ten minutes of movement, three times a day, is just as good. And if that’s too much, remember that every minute of physical activity helps!
- Get a pair of rose-colored glasses. Research shows that positive thinking helps people live longer, healthier lives. One popular way to focus on the positive is to keep a gratitude journal. Use whatever tickles your fancy: whether it’s a leather-bound journal with inspiring quotes or a plain marbled composition notebook, getting into the habit of writing down things in your life that you are thankful for has been shown to improve both your happiness and your health.
- Reach out. Studies show that loneliness, the feeling of being isolated or of not belonging, is associated with increased risk of illness and death. Traditionally, family support helps alleviate loneliness, but one of the best ways for a senior to avoid a feeling of social isolation is to find a group that shares an interest of theirs. Whether it’s a book club or a knitting circle, simply having regular social interaction increases both physical and emotional health.
If you know a senior who has trouble eating properly, getting adequate exercise, or is becoming sad or lonely, it may be time to consider a move that will make a positive change in these four crucial areas.
Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, is designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of seniors and long-term care patients. We emphasize restorative care, maximizing each patient’s potential to regain and maintain function and mobility.
We foster an environment that is cheerful and enthusiastic, so residents truly relish and appreciate life.
Our outstanding Social Services team works hard to ensure that every resident thrives socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.
We carefully select, train and re-train our wonderful caregivers, who are especially sensitive to the needs of our long-term care patients. They treat residents with love, compassion, and dignity.
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